Sleeping Beauty ballet review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Romantic rose ceremonies are now part of pop-culture thanks to reality TV’s The Bachelor. But The Sleeping Beauty ballet is where you’ll find the original real-deal in single-stem suspense. At her 16th birthday celebration, Princess Aurora balances on one leg, on pointe, in a tricky-to-hold ‘attitude’ position, while greeting a line-up of handsome Princes –

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The Helpmann Awards can’t be taken seriously

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Like many people who work with Australia’s live performance industry, I have conflicting feelings about the Helpmann Awards. On one hand, I think it’s important to celebrate the significant achievements of a vibrant industry, and I appreciate that the Helpmann committee and Live Performance Australia try pretty hard to make a national performing arts award consistent and representative.

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Exclusive: Sydney reveals world’s first ‘breathable’ theatre

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When Stephen Found, the owner of the 2010 seat Sydney Lyric Theatre, is in New York checking out shows, he has to be careful to not accidentally roll onto his phone when he’s asleep. If he does, he might set off the app he designed that within a few seconds turns the vast Lyric from 2010 seats to a 1350 seat venue mid-performance

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‘Matilda’ dominates 2016 Green Room Awards

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Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical has continued its winning streak at Australia’s awards ceremonies, picking up eight Green Room Awards, including Best Production of a Musical. Other big winners of Melbourne’s premier performing arts awards included Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle, which won six awards, including Best Production of an Opera, and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Miss Julie, which won

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Faster (Australian Ballet, Melbourne)

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The Australian Ballet’s new triple bill, Faster, exemplifies the pace and complexity of 2017 life. It also offers audiences a chance to pause and appreciate a display of incredible physicality, deep intelligence and pure emotion – elements that can get lost in our hyper-connected, 24-7, technology driven world. Opening act Faster celebrates the immense capabilities

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Melbourne’s Green Room Awards’ very long list of nominations

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The Green Room awards — possibly the world’s most comprehensive performing arts awards — has announced the nominees for its customary mammoth list of categories: cabaret, contemporary and experimental performance, dance, independent theatre, music theatre, opera, and theatre companies. Each of these categories has up to ten separate sub-categories. The nominee list this year contains over 330 names of individual

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The Red Detachment Of Women (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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In legendary funny-man Mel Brooks’s film The Producers, a pair of hapless con artists looking to put on a flop, stage a new musical – Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp With Eva and Adolf at Berchtesgaden. It’s a show they believe so tasteless, offensive and ideologically repulsive, that audiences will be sent running. Much

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